Among the biggest domestic cats that people raise around their homes are the Maine Coons. The reason for their impressive size is that these particular cats are found mostly in Maine, where winters with brutally cold temperatures have made them develop into a really impressive breed, that can withstand even the harshest weather. Their impressive size is nothing new, the largest cat ever recorded being a Maine Coon, which holds this title for quite a few years. It happens almost always that the cat to follow the death of the last crowned cat by length to be a Maine Coon again.
But what is the actual difference between these giants from the cat world and your average household feline? It might come as a surprise, but some Maine Coons are small compared to your average house cat. This isn’t, of course, the case for all Coons. There are quite a few cats within this breed that are really large. Below you will find some information on the largest cats ever recorded, as well as the average size of cats in general and Maine Coons in particular.
As I said above, the Main Coon isn’t always a massive cat, although this breed is known for its size, which is above average. When fully grown and into their adulthood, make Maine Coons will have a general weight between 13 and 18 pounds. As you might have heard, though, some of these huge felines can also reach weights impressive, to say the least, of 35 pounds. Although this is totally possible and not an exaggeration at all, instances of 35-pound cats are pretty rare. When the Coon reaches this size it will usually be due to an excess of fat.
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The weight will also be lower in the case of females. The average female Maine Coon will only weigh between 9 and 12 pounds. Of course, we’re talking of averages so surely there are specimens that get a lot heavier than this.
So what about the regular house cat? What is its normal weight? As I keep saying, there are quite a few cats that are actually heavier than Maine Coon cats. Male cats will have an average weight of around 10 pounds. The weigh difference is easily noticeable, considering that Maine Coons weigh anywhere between 13 and 18 pounds.
In the case of the average weight of the female cat, things are slightly different, considering that the normal female cat will have a weight of about 9 pounds, while the female Coon, like I said above, will weigh between 9 and 12 pounds. This means that there isn’t such a big difference in weight when it comes to females.
But we shouldn’t talk only about the weight of these pets when comparing normal cats to Coons. Let’s also go over the size, or better said, length of the cats. When measured from the end of its tail to the tip of the nose, the longest ever recorded Maine Coon was 48.5 inches long. This size is amazing when compared to the average Coon and the average cat for that matter, and this is also the reason why that particular cat got its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
BUt I say the real length of the cat should be measured from the tip of its nose to the base of the tail, because tails can also differ in size. So what is the actual length of Coon cats when we ignore the length of the tail? THe average length of both female and male Coons will be pretty much the same, between 19 and 30 inches.
Now let’s go over the size of the average house cat. The average-looking cats will be way smaller, with an average length of 15 to 20 inches for both females and males.
This makes the size difference pretty considerable, seeing that the longest normal cats will basically be the same size as the shortest of the Main Coons specimens.
I chose to omit the size of the tail in this last comparison, mainly because this part of the cat can vary considerably. But how could we just skip them completely? Especially considering that the tail will actually show yet another difference between normal cats and Maine Coons.
The average tail size for both female and male coons is 12 to 18 inches. Yes, this range is impressive, but it is what makes the largest-ever Coon get its world record. Because a 30-inch body together with an 18 inch tail will make for an impressive cat. This is something you won’t see in any other breed.
You should expect an average-sized cat to have a tail of just under 10 inches usually. This is normal for a body length of 15 to 20 inches. Even the 10 inch tail will be at least two inches shorter than the shortest tail of a Main Coon. To the end of the range in terms of tail size, the Maine Coon will see a size that would be double than that of the average cat’s tail.
So, to conclude, how big should you expect the average Maine Coon cat to get? When it comes to female Maine Coons of a healthy, adult size, they would be anywhere between 19 and 30 inches in size and about 9 to 12 pounds in weight. In the case of male Maine Coons, you should expect a weight between 13 and 18 pounds and a length of 19 to 30 inches.
Maine Coons have been, over the years, almost exclusively the holders of the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest cat. They are the largest breed of domestic cats in the world and this size will surely impress you when you first see one. Don’t let their impressive size fool you. They are actually very loving creatures, known as the gentle giants of the cat world.